"Under the authority of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, administration officials had devised a plan under which the US military’s counter-Islamic State (IS, or ISIS) force would remain in Syria at least until the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad went through with UN-backed elections. On top of their Congressionally-mandated mission of fighting IS, US forces would continue to deny Assad access to Syrian oilfields, which were located in areas controlled by Syrian Kurdish fighters backed by the United States, and to obstruct the Iranian military’s access to the Levant.
Trump didn’t like it. “The president was very uncomfortable with our presence in Syria,” Jeffrey told Al-Monitor in a two-hour interview at his home in Washington last week. “He was very uncomfortable with what he saw as endless wars.”" al-monitor
This guy likes to talk. Hopefully he will hang himself in the coils of the rope he is weaving.
The gist of this is that he has a deep seated hatred for the Syrian Government and an exaggerated sense of self-importance. His globalist strategic thinking fit together nicely with Pompeo's simple minded evangelical devotion to Israel and its self fulfilling 1% fantasies. They were a deadly duo hatched out in hell.
As for General McKenzie's claim that numerical accounting for troops is not fiddled with at the Pentagon, I hope he is lying and not just another simpleton. All through the Afghanistan War the DoD lied about how many people we had in Afghanistan. They did this by counting people who were arriving and leaving, people on temporary assignment, people on leave, etc. etc. pl